Today, I would like to start the blog with the words from John Ortberg's book "The Life You've Always Wanted" and as you read let them sink into your heart and soul and see what they speak to you:
We possess singleness when we are not pulled in opposite directions and when we act without wanting something further for ourselves. Our inner drives do not conflict; they are aimed in one direction. The motives we appear to have are the ones we really have. Our inner focus is unified and our public posture corresponds with it. We are not, in short, divided.
In short, we are about The One Thing and whatever that one thing is dominates who we are. For some, it may be the pursuit of excellence, others the pursuit of fame or money and still others just simply the pursuit of good. There are many other choices, but let's just examine the one, the pursuit of good.
What Ortberg pointed out was the scripture, "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added unto you".
Doing good is more than just being good, it is putting into action a life plan that acts like a Japanese Maple tree. You look at it, see it's beauty and admire its flowing branches that continue to grow. As it grows it spreads good shade and blossoms into a tree that stands out as so majestic when viewed among others that you just want to go up to it and hug it.
We, as the people of God can do that one thing, do good to as many people, as many things, as many circumstances that he may present to us as often as we can, and in so doing a remarkable glow grows inside of us that others take notice of. When they ask us why, we let them know that God is always good, we are just trying to be a lot like him.
Simple, do one thing, do it right, do good, everything else falls into place. That's The One Thing!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.